The Composer

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"The Composer"
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Single by Diana Ross & the Supremes
from the album Let the Sunshine In
B-side"The Beginning of the End"
ReleasedMarch 27, 1969
M 1146
Songwriter(s)Smokey Robinson
Producer(s)Smokey Robinson
Diana Ross & the Supremes singles chronology
"I'll Try Something New"
"The Composer"
"No Matter What Sign You Are"
Let the Sunshine In track listing
12 tracks
Side one
  1. "The Composer"
  2. "Everyday People"
  3. "No Matter What Sign You Are"
  4. "Hey Western Union Man"
  5. "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"
  6. "I'm Livin' in Shame"
Side two
  1. Medley: "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)"
  2. "Let the Music Play"
  3. "With a Child's Heart"
  4. "Discover Me (and You'll Discover Love)"
  5. "Will This Be the Day"
  6. "I'm So Glad I Got Somebody (Like You Around)"
Audio sample
"The Composer"

"The Composer" is a 1969 song released for Diana Ross & the Supremes by the Motown label.


Written and produced by Smokey Robinson, the song is featured on their album Let the Sunshine In and peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the United States in May 1969.[1] It was not released as a single in the UK. As with many Diana Ross & the Supremes singles recorded between 1968–69, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong did not sing on the record but rather Motown session singers The Andantes. "The Composer" is one of only a few Supremes releases that was not performed on any television show. The song was rerecorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles for their 1969 album, Time Out for Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.


Track listing[edit]

  • 7" single (27 March 1969) (North America/Germany/Netherlands)
  1. "The Composer" – 2:55
  2. "The Beginning of the End" – 2:29

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 27
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 21
U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart 21


  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 81 (20): 82. 1969. Retrieved 10 May 2011.